The Your Group of Companies have been shortlisted for two Solar Power Portal Awards / Clean Energy Awards for both Commercial PV & Commercial Energy Storage for projects at DPD & Lapubesi Nepal respectively. The UK’s largest and most prestigious clean energy awards celebrates the green economy’s most exciting and innovative achievements from the past 12 months.
“As a small business paving our way in the renewables industry, we are delighted to be recognised for the quality of our services at such a prestigious event” said Jamie O’Nians, Chief Executive Officer for Your Group.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony and dinner with an expected turnout of over 600 industry professionals at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham, UK on the 5th of October.
As a shortlisted nominee, Your Group, will now go through to the final stage of judging, where an expert panel of judges, including industry leading experts will announce the winners on the night. The headline sponsor for the event is Trina Solar.
2016 Award Categories
- Clean Energy Product Innovation
- Clean Energy Financial Innovation – New
- Commercial Renewable Heat Project – New
- Residential Renewable Heat Project – New
- Commercial Energy Management Project – New
- Residential Energy Management Project – New
- Large-Scale Energy Storage Project – New
- Commercial Energy Storage Project – New
- Residential Energy Storage Project – New
- Community Benefit
- Large-Scale PV Project
- Commercial PV Project
- Residential PV Project
- Outstanding Achievement Award
Project 1 – Commercial Energy Storage Lapubesi, Nepal
On April 25, 2015, Nepal was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, followed by another 7.3 magnitude earthquake just 2 weeks later. More than 8,500 people were killed and 850,000 homes were destroyed. In the following months a Southwest England based renewable energy group have realised the role clean energy can play in bridging the gap for some of the world’s most vulnerable and isolated indigenous people.
On the 20th of March a group from Your Group, headed off with Team Rubicon, an ex-military disaster relief charity, to undertake a much-needed service project for a remote village in the Himalayas. Your Group currently allow their employees 10 days off per year paid to undergo charity work as part of their mantra of “People, Planet, Profit.”
Deploying on Operation Nirman (the Nepalese word for build) the group was led by ex-infantry officer Nick Spicer, who was 2nd in command for the Team Rubicon operation & COO of Your Group. He was accompanied by CEO Jamie O’Nians on the project which focussed on a school build, connecting an off-grid solar system and laying the groundwork to recommission the hydro-electric power turbine. Nick led the 2.5 hour trek into the mountains with all the solar gear including the battery storage unit which was hauled up the mountain on bamboo canes by a ten man team and modules via a collection of mule trains and individuals. HRH Prince Harry also accompanied the group as a volunteer with Team Rubicon, learning first hand the power of clean energy in remote areas. The group was pulled together with the generosity of Your Power’s suppliers; Trina Solar provided the solar modules, ZED Energy and Fitcraft the battery storage unit and Sunfixings the mountings for the off-grid system. For hydro, the 30 kW Nauli Hydro Plant in Lapubesi started with the rebuilding of the destroyed plant house and clearing of the landslide debris from the hydro intake channel.
Nick Spicer of Your Group: “It is vital we are demonstrating what can happen when NGO’s and the commercial world work to bring a real tangible difference to those who need it most. By allowing access to clean solar and hydro energy and providing energy storage it can alleviate some of the problems associated with less sustainable energy options. I couldn’t be more proud to have led such an important mission to help those affected by some of the worst natural disasters.”
The Himalayan nation, stuck between China and India, has little known oil, natural gas, or coal reserves. The recent oil shortage being caused by a blockade has shown the area where renewables can comfortably occupy the market. Most of Nepal’s 31 million people lack access to the electric grid, which can be very expensive to expand in remote and hilly regions. Even those with access often face rolling blackouts that can last more than 12 hours a day. The connection to an off-grid solar PV system with energy storage created the electrical infrastructure to enable the school to have access to technology, and the ability for traveling medics to bring much needed medical supplies to the remote area. Through a 9 kWhr storage capacity and excellent irradiance levels the solar PV system will provide more than sufficient capacity to meet the school’s energy demands whilst providing a surplus for the local community.
Jamie O’Nians Your Group CEO has said, “with the recent Paris Climate agreement the deployment of clean energy sources continues to build the profile of how these technologies can be flexible in some of the most difficult climates. Rural electrification can make such a tangible difference to some of the most vulnerable world populations.” More info at www.yourgroupuk.com
Project 2 – DPD Commercial PV Project
Your Group was commissioned to deliver a major power-saving and sustainability project on behalf of high-profile clients DPD solar power was the clear choice in providing the cost-effective and long-lasting solutions that were required. In order to fulfill its promise of bringing clean, sustainable and affordable energy to its clients, Your Group commissioned Your Power project managers to deal with these high consumption clients looking to future proof their energy supply.
DPD is a member of DPD group, one of Europe’s leading parcels groups, and the Nation’s favourite parcel delivery company. The organisation operates Europe’s largest fully automated depot at Hinckley, making its power requirements considerable. Due to the specific workings of the business, most of DPD’s operations are night-based. However, daytime operations are crucial for preparing the depot for the all-important night work, and this is where the company was searching for a power solution that could adequately meet requirements, while reducing DPD’s carbon footprint and power costs. The 450 kW system was a high-yield, environmentally friendly solution with an 398,646 kWh generation and offsetting 195,363kg/yr of CO2, the equivalent to removing 80,000 cars off the road. The site is near 100% consumption with zero export allowing Your Group to closely balance the daytime functionality of the site with the night-time needs of the business. Even though the site could have been designed to 1 MW, the project managers chose the 450kW array resulting in only 1% energy loss. The project is forward-thinking energy modelling with green credentials to match.
Mark Wilkes, Director of Technical Services at DPD speaking today: “I’m delighted with what has been achieved and the service provided by Your Group. Their project delivery programme integrated seamlessly with our own operations during our busiest time of the year. This is notwithstanding a highly condensed time-frame against a hard deadline for which Your Group achieved through professionalism and attention to detail. It is important for us to partner with like minded businesses and for them to be able to work alongside us in understanding and delivering against the needs and vision of DPD.”
To ensure best-in-class delivery and usage of the finest-quality components, Your Power selected Trina Solar to provide the PV panels for the project. A total of 1,759 Trina Solar Honey M mono-crystalline modules were installed across the rooftop of the DPD facility. The Your Electrical team worked with 17 Schneider 25000 Connect Optimum + inverters, an Argand control panel and Sunfixings’ direct rail system.
Speaking today Nick Spicer, Director has said: “ “DPD shows the technical proficiency of Your Group in designing bespoke systems. Interfacing with all operational functions at such a highly strategic site in the run up to Christmas demonstrates the operational capacity of Your Group even in FiT digression conditions. For those businesses such as DPD who are looking to lower their energy bills, reduce their carbon footprint and protect themselves from rising energy costs Your Group will collaborate with their operational team to install a system that balances the bespoke business needs. Any business owner and director can fully appreciates why this is important, enabling us to protect our clients’ long-term investment in future-proofing their energy.”